HC Deb 01 November 1988 vol 139 c597W
Mr. Hayes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any changes will be made in the cash limits of his Department for 1988–89.

Mr. Mellor

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the cash limit for Class XIV Vote 1 (Hospital and community health and other services, England) will be increased by £112,900,000 (from £11,199,082,000 to £11,311,982,000). This increase provides an additional £109,900,000 for nurses' and midwives' pay and £3,000,000 for further expansion of services related to AIDS and drug misuse in line with the proposals in the report on AIDS and Drug Misuse from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

A further £100,000 for nurses' and midwives' pay will also be added to the cash limit for Class XIV vote 3 (Miscellaneous health services and personal social services, England) at a later date.

The public expenditure costs of these changes have been charged to the Reserve and do not add to the public expenditure planning total.